Mission

THE MISSION
(18 min) US
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Director: Hélène Goupil
Producers: Hélène Goupil, Mimi Chakarova, Lydia Chávez

Description:

When COVID hits, longtime activist Valerie Tulier-Laiwa knows her neighborhood will be greatly affected. With the help of several childhood friends, she jumps into action to meet the needs of the Latino community and beyond. Her personal story isn't just what brought her here, it's what keeps her going.

Biographies:

Hélène Goupil is a French-American journalist who films, produces, and edits documentaries. She was a reporter for The Associated Press and worked as news manager at Yahoo. Helene is a film fellow and producer at Still I Rise Films, where she helped start and run a fellowship program for women filmmakers and artists. She directed and edited a short documentary that spans 10 years of San Francisco's Flower Man; the film won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) and the grand prize at the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival. Also she edited We All Break, a documentary on Haitian Vodou and jazz funded by The Shifting Foundation. A grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Hélène produced and edited illustrated stories on the challenges low-income students have faced during the pandemic over the course of a yearlong project.

Mimi Chakarova, a photographer and filmmaker, has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption, and the sex trade. Her film, The Price of Sex, about the trafficking of women, was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She was also the winner of the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a Dart Awards Finalist for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Chakarova is the founder and creative director of Still I Rise Films, a documentary series about resilience and rising above the odds. In 2021, she set up a fellowship program for women filmmakers and visual artists in need of support and mentorship. Mimi Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking. Other awards include a People's Voice Webby and a nomination for a News and Documentary Emmy Award.

Lydia Chavez started as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, where she served as El Salvador and South American bureau chief. She has also written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazines, as well as George magazine. She is the founder and executive editor of Mission Local, a news site covering the Mission District.

Contact Information:

w: https://helenegoupil.com
e: helenegoupil@gmail.com



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- THE 3 CRICKETEERS
- 12TH HOUR
- AGUAN-SUN BEHIND THE HORIZON
- ALLERGY ALERT: PARANOIA IN OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- THE AMERICAN DREAM AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
- AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL
- ANGOLA DO YOU HEAR US? VOICES FROM A PLANTATION PRISON
- APART
- THE ASSASSINATION OF ANNA. CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
- ATTICA
- BLURRING THE COLOR LINE
- BREE WAYY: PROMISE, WITNESS, REMEMBRANCE
- BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY
- THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURES
- CODED BIAS
- COEXIST
- COVID CENTURY
- THE CREATIVE HIGH
- CROSSINGS
- A DECENT HOME
- ENDURING DEMOCRACY: THE MONTEREY PETITION
- FAIR PLAY
- FLY SO FAR
- FOG
- FOR THE BEES
- THE GHOSTS OF THE MOUNTAINS
- HUMAN KIND
- IMAGINING THE INDIAN
- THE JANES
- KICKING BALLS
- THE LONG BREAKUP
- MALDITA. A LOVE SONG TO SARAJEVO
- THE MISSION
- NEVER AGAIN PARA NADIE
- ORCHESTRATING CHANGE
- PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST
- THE POWER OF ACTIVISM
- THE PRICE OF CONFLICT
- RECKONINGS
- REFUGE
- REPAIRING THE WORLD: STORIES FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
- THE RESTLESS HUNGARIAN
- RICOCHET
- RUSSIA VS. RUSSIA
- SACRILEGE: THE UNHOLY RADICALIZATION OF EUROPE
- SANCTUARY
- THE SANCTUARY
- SAVING MINDS
- SENTINELS
- SIGN THE SHOW
- SILENT PANDEMIC - THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
- THE SPACE BETWEEN US
- STREET REPORTER
- SURVIVING THE SILENCE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF TWO WOMEN IN LOVE WHO HELPED CHANGE MILITARY POLICY
- THIS ADVENTURE CALLED CALIFORNIA
- UNCONFINED
- UNGUARDED
- US KIDS
- WHEN I GET GROWN - REFLECTIONS OF A FREEDOM RIDER
- WRITING WITH FIRE